Authorial self-fashioning in Jörn Donner’s Portraits of Women
2015 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 5, no 2, 93-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In his films of the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Jörn Donner, a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, critic and film director, employed his body and popular media image as a contemporary celebrity for narrative and marketing purposes. Focusing on the film Naisenkuvia/Portraits of Women (1970), a metanarrative about the alliance of art cinema and pornography in the 1960s and a parody of Donner’s public persona, this article investigates Donner’s ‘authoring practices’ and gestures of authorial ‘self-projection’ amidst the mediatized sexual revolution of the 1960s. Portraits of Women reveals Donner's appropriation and analysis of a newly sexualized public sphere, but the film also reads as a crisis point. While capitalizing on his public persona by casting himself as the male lead, Donner was forced to acknowledge that self-fashioning in the sphere of public sex escapes authorial control.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 93-108 p.
Jörn Donner, authorship, censorship, sex film, pornography, masculinity, Finnish cinema
Jörn Donner, censur, sexfilm, porr, maskulinitet, finsk film, Kvinnobilder
Studies on Film Gender Studies Media Studies
Research subject Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127510DOI: 10.1386/jsca.5.2.93_1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127510DiVA: diva2:909523
ProjectsIntimitetens estetik i Jörn Donners filmer 1963-1973
Projekt finansierat av Kone Foundation (Finland) 2014-2015.2016-03-072016-03-072016-03-08Bibliographically approved